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Arrow starting my 59 thunderbird

having an unusual problem with my 59 bird..new starter,new regulator,new coil will only stay running if i keep ignition turned,hey also,new battery.....what gives?????heeelllllllp!

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You have a broken or loose wire to the coil...............

Moving to electrical, will get more responses there.
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Re: starting my 59 thunderbird

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having an unusual problem with my 59 bird..new starter,new regulator,new coil will only stay running if i keep ignition turned,hey also,new battery.....what

gives?????heeelllllllp!

Hi I'm not sure about the 59 "T" birds but many autos had a resistor(voltage reduction) in the ignitions to keep from burning out the points ,if I recall the Ign system only got full 12 v when the starter was engaged ,then dropped to a lower voltage .if you have a wiring Diagram of the bird it would probably show-on some of the old cars the resistor was mounted on the firewall. hope this is some help?
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Run a wire from the positive terminal on your battery to the positive side of the coil. If the car starts and stays running, the run circuit (described above) is damaged.
DO NOT try to keep running it with just the jumper. You will burn up points rapidly.
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have new resistor on,will try new wires first... keep em coming, i appreciate all the help, thanx guys
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Try the jumper first so you'll know if you are even barking up the right tree. Works with jumper - problem in the resistor circuit somewhere. Doesn't work with jumper - problem elsewhere. That is a troubleshooting technique that lets you narrow your problem down into mamagable areas
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